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Building on a successful season

diamond rice variety

It’s nice to see rice prices improved over this point last year. With that in mind, an increase in rice acres seems guaranteed— possibly a large increase. The success seen in 2017 points toward several viable planting options for 2018. Read More »

Rice varieties and hybrids to consider for 2018

CL 153 Clearfield rice

Choosing the right rice varieties and hybrids to plant is one of the first, and debatably, the most important decisions a farm manager makes each year. Agronomics, economics and field-by-field dynamics all play a large role in the decision-making process. Read More »

A pleasant surprise

california lodged rice

The Arkansas rice planting season in 2017 went at a near-record pace, lagging behind only 2012. Planted acres were expected to be 25 percent less than in 2016. The positive early season conditions had growers feeling upbeat about the year to come. Read More »

Be a good neighbor

paraquat drift

Pay attention to avoid drift when applying soybean desiccants around rice fields, even those that are near draining and appear finished. Read More »

Fungicide timing critical for smut management

kernel smut

Kernel smut in rice seemed to be more prevalent in southwest Louisiana last year than it has been historically. Typically, kernel smut pressure in southwest Louisiana is much lower than in the northeastern Louisiana rice-production area. Read More »